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James Arthur Stephens

January 1, 1968 ~ April 23, 2020 (age 52)

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James Author Stephens departed this earthly life April 23, 2020.

James was born January 1, 1968, to Doris Jean Stephens and Jimmy Stephens in Bessemer, Alabama. 

James earned his education in the Bessemer City School System. He attended Hart Elementary, Davis Middle School and Jess Lanier High School. James also attended Lawson Community College for Barbering. 

Throughout life, James accrued various nicknames from different people, some call him “Junior”, “Steph”, “Big Steph” and he calls himself “Daddy”. Whatever the name, his character and reputation full of silliness, fun and laughter exceeds him. If James, Steph was in the room, be prepared to laugh. James has touched many lives in his own special way.

James was preceded in death by his loving mother, Doris Jean Stephens, father Jimmy Stephen, his special loving father Thomas “Buddy” Whitt and grandmother Queen Ester Williams.

James leaves to cherish Three children: James R. Stephens, Shantanae & Shamequa Densmore; Two sisters: Denise (George) Dumas, and Latoria Whitt; One grandson: James R. Stephens Jr.; One niece: Quenasia Scott; Three nephews: Jorge & Juston Dumas and Kyrel Staten; One great-niece: Alani Scott; Two great-nephews: Jaydon Dumas and Jayson Dumas; Seven aunts & uncles and other relatives, His special friends and the guys from O.T.H


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April 30, 2020

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dante Jelks Funeral Home LLC.
4904 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35222

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